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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Playful modern cooking in a wilderness environment

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Tucked down an alleyway in the jewellery quarter, The Wilderness is an atmospheric venue with skylight panels and an open kitchen, decked with foliage to bring a sense of sylvan repose to city eating. Top-class British produce supplemented by foraged ingredients and seasonal goodies from their own allotment provide the building-blocks and underpinning them is a sharp grasp of flavour and sound technique that delivers playful, inspired modern cooking. A dramatic opener of venison tartare with beetroot purée, parsley shoots, sweet shallot and the pungency of wasabi emulsion paves the way for a sharply executed dish of tempura monkfish with a hint of garlic and chilli and a light and fresh accompaniment of sorrel, elderflower emulsion, gherkin and pickled pickled parsnip powder. Desserts experiment with multi-layered, often savoury flavours, as in the miso ice cream matched with sesame caramelized filo pastry, white wine-infused apple balls and richly buttery salted caramel.

What's on offer?

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, New year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Thursday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 8.30


  • Chef(s): Stuart Deeley, Alex Claridge

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 16
  • Wines by the glass: 6

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 20

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Birmingham Moor Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Snow Hill
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